April 13, 1963 … Reds’ rookie second baseman Pete Rose breaks a season opening 0-for-12 slump when he hits a triple for his first major league hit. The three-bagger comes against Pirates’ pitcher Bob Friend in the 12-4 Reds’ loss to Pittsburgh in Cincinnati.
April 13, 1954 … Milwaukee’s Henry Aaron makes his major league debut while playing against the Redlegs at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field. Aaron, wearing uniform number “5”, playing left field and batting fifth in the line-up, goes 0-for-5 at the plate. Cincinnati’s Jim Greengrass ties a MLB record with four doubles in the game. Cincinnati’s hotheaded lefty pitcher Joe Nuxhall beans Braves’ outfielder Andy Pafko after Eddie Mathews slugs his second HR of the game. Cincinnati 9, Milwaukee 8.
April 13, 1965 … Milwaukee Braves’ lefty pitcher Denny LeMaster serves up a grand slam HR to Tony Perez as the Cincinnati Reds go on to win at Crosley Field, 8-3. The grand slam is the first big league HR for the 22-year-old Perez.
April 13, 1975 … Reds’ pitcher Don Gullett tosses a two-hitter against the Padres as Cincinnati rolls over San Diego, 10-0.
April 13, 1977 … Houston’s Ken Forsch beats the Reds in the Astrodome as Cincinnati gets the new season off to a rocky start with a 2-5 record. The Reds have now lost five in a row and sit in last place of the NL West. Reds’ fans are awaiting George Foster’s first HR of the season.
April 13, 1984 … One day shy of his forty-third birthday, living legend Pete Rose of the Montreal Expos hits a double off Phillies’ lefty Jerry Koosman for his 4,000th career hit.